A Bygone Era: When Bipartisanship Led To Health Care Transformation
People might be forgiven for thinking that the Affordable Care Act is the federal government's boldest intrusion into the private business of health care. But few know about a 70-year-old law that is responsible for the construction of much of our health system's infrastructure. The law's latest anniversary came and went without much notice in August. The Hill-Burton Act was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman on Aug. 13, 1946 — and its effect on health care in the U.S. was nothing short of monumental.
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